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20 issues of porting C++ code on the 64-bit platform

Program errors occurring while porting C++ code from 32-bit platforms on 64-bit ones are observed. Examples of the incorrect code and the ways to correct it are given. Methods and means of the code analysis which allow to diagnose the errors discussed, are listed.


Seven Steps of Migrating a Program to a 64-bit System

The article describes the main steps which should be performed to correctly port 32-bit Windows applications on 64-bit Windows systems. Although the article is meant for developers using C/C++ in Visual Studio 2005/2008 environment, it will be also useful for other developers who plan to port their applications on 64-bit systems.


64 bits, Wp64, Visual Studio 2008, Viva64 and all the rest...

The purpose of this article is to answer some questions related to safe port of C/C++ code on 64-bit systems. The article is written as an answer to the topic often discussed on forums and related to the use of /Wp64 key and Viva64 tool.


The forgotten problems of 64-bit programs development

Though the history of 64-bit systems development makes more than a decade, the appearance of 64-bit version of OS Windows raised new problems in the sphere of development and testing applications. In the article there are considered some mistakes connected with 64-bit C/C++ code development to OS Windows. The reasons are explained according to which these mistakes didn't find their reflection in the articles devoted to the migration tasks and are unsatisfactorily detected by the majority of static analyzers.


Development of resource-intensive applications in Visual C++

The article will familiarize application developers with tasks given them by the mass introduction of 64-bit multi-core processors symbolizing revolutionary increase of computing power available for an average user. It will also touch upon the problems of effective use of hardware resources for solving everyday applied tasks within the limits of Windows x64 operating system


Optimization of 64-bit programs

Some means of 64-bit Windows applications performance increase are considered in the article.


A 64-bit horse that can count

The article concerns the peculiarities of Visual C++ compiler's behavior when generating 64-bit code and possible errors relating to it.


Comparison of analyzers' diagnostic possibilities at checking 64-bit code

The article compares a specialized static analyzer Viva64 with universal static analyzers Parasoft C++Test and Gimpel Software PC-Lint. The comparison is carried within the framework of the task of porting 32-bit C/C++ code on 64-bit systems or developing new code with taking into account peculiarities of 64-bit architecture.


Traps detection during migration of C and C++ code to 64-bit Windows

Appearance of 64-bit processors on PC market made developers face the task of converting old 32-bit applications for new platforms. After the migration of the application code it is highly probable that the code will work incorrectly. This article reviews questions related to software verification and testing. It also concerns difficulties a developer of 64-bit Windows application may face and the ways of solving them.


Introduction into 64 bits for the beginners or where's again the 64-bit world?

There were 64-bit processors, the operational systems, some programs. However completely all users have passed to 64 bits still far not. In article the reasons of it are considered.


AMD64 (EM64T) architecture

The article briefly describes AMD64 architecture by AMD Company and its implementation EM64T by Intel Company. The architecture's peculiarities, advantages and disadvantages are described.


Case Study: Porting a set of point cloud and triangle mesh processing C++ libraries to 64-bit platfo...

Italian company E.G.S. S.r.l. deals with development of solutions in the field of simulation of triangle mesh-based 3D objects.


Some examples of the 64-bit code errors

While porting 32-bit software to 64-bit systems there may appear some errors in the code of applications which were written in C++ language. The cause for these hides in the alteration of the base data types (to be more exact, in the relations between them) with the new hardware platform.


Problems of testing 64-bit applications

The article observes some questions related to testing the 64-bit software. Some difficulties which a developer of resource-intensive 64-bit applications may face and the ways to overcome them are described.


Safety of 64-bit code

The article reviews the issues of providing safety of program code when adapting it for 64-bit systems.


Peculiarities of the Development of 64-bit Applications

What did programmers get when 64-bit systems came to power? Besides the numerous advantages described in many advertising articles, programmers got the whole bunch of brainteasers, puzzles and even traps. Everyone who wants to get real advantages of using 64-bit systems has to face these ones.


Static code analysis for verification of the 64-bit applications

The coming of 64-bit processors to the PC market causes a problem which the developers have to solve: the old 32-bit applications should be ported to the new platform. After such code migration an application may behave incorrectly. The article is elucidating question of development and appliance of static code analyzer for checking out of the correctness of such application. Some problems emerging in applications after recompiling in 64-bit systems are considered in this article as well as the rules according to which the code check up is performed.


64-bit Loki

The article is a report about testing of portability of Loki library with 64-bit systems with the help of Viva64 code analyzer performed by OOO "Program Verification Systems" Company. It contains recommendations for users of the library. The article will be also useful for the users of other libraries built on templates for it describes the peculiarities of analysis of such libraries.


How to estimate the process of 64-bit migration of C/C++ applications?

The article is devoted to the issue of estimating complexity and cost of migration of applications to 64-bit platforms. Such aspects as availability of various components of an application, libraries and development tools are considered. An example of using PVS-Studio program tool for estimating migration is given. Although the mentioned PVS-Studio product is oriented on C and C++ applications in Windows system, Unix-developers (and developers working in other systems) will find the article useful too.


About size_t and ptrdiff_t

The article will help the readers understand what size_t and ptrdiff_t types are, what they are used for and when they must be used. The article will be interesting for those developers who begin creation of 64-bit applications where use of size_t and ptrdiff_t types provides high performance, possibility to operate large data sizes and portability between different platforms.


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Journeyman III

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Journeyman III

thanks for posting this informative article.